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CONTENTS

Getting Around
Itinerary 1: Canada’s
Dempster Highway
Dawson
Dawson to Eagle Plains
Eagle Plains to Fort McPherson
Fort McPherson to Inuvik
Inuvik
Itinerary 2: Flying Canada’s
Eastern Arctic
Iqaluit
Katannilik Territorial Park
Resolute
Grise Fjord
Pond Inlet
Pangnirtung
Cape Dorset
Itinerary 3: Alaska’s
Dalton Highway
Fairbanks
Fairbanks to the Yukon River
Yukon River to Wiseman
Wiseman to Deadhorse
Itinerary 4: Northwest Alaska
Fairbanks
Kotzebue
Barrow
Essential Facts

236
237
238
241
242
243
243

North
Pole

Dangers & Annoyances
Further Reading
Money
Telephone
Time
Tourist Information
Visas

264
265
265
265
266
266
266

245
245
247
247
248
248
248
249
250
250
253
255
257
258
258
258
261
264

HIGHLIGHTS
Witnessing the migration of the largest caribou herd in the world at Alaska’s Arctic National
Wildlife Refuge (p254)
Quttinirpaaq
National Park

Flying over Alaska’s bizarre Great Kobuk
Sand Dunes (p262)
Watching a carver conjure spirits out of
soapstone in the Inuit art capital, Canada’s
Cape Dorset (p249)
Beating a path to the top of the world and
marvelling at the pristine wonders of Canada’s
Quttinirpaaq National Park (p247)
Hiking past a kilometre-high cliff and across
the Arctic Circle on Canada’s Akshayuk Pass
(p249).

Great Kobuk
Sand Dunes
Arctic National
Wildlife Refuge
Akshayuk
Pass

Cape Dorset

ARC TIC NORTH AMERICA
TRAVEL ROUTES

Arctic North
America Travel
Routes

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TRAVEL ROUTES

I T I N E R A R Y 1 : C A N A D A ’ S D E M P S T E R H I G H W AY 237

CANADA

Big skies, big vistas, big game, big rewards – everything in Arctic North America seems to
have succumbed to that supersize effect. In the vast wilderness of the untouched north,
wild animals far outnumber people, jagged mountain peaks give way to immense sweeps
of desolate tundra, and tiny isolated villages carry on with life through winter’s cruel temperatures and perpetual night. It’s an area of incredible beauty, engulfing silence and constant awe.
The far north is alien to most North Americans, and although Alaska conjures up an image
of year-round ice and snow, most of the state remains firmly below the Arctic Circle. Even the
Arctic gateway towns of Fairbanks, Dawson and Iqaluit, isolated frontier towns of the imagination for most southerners, linger well below the 66th parallel. To the tiny population who make
their home in the fly-in villages far to the north, the gateway towns are southern cities full of
glitter...
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CONTENTS
Arctic North
America Travel
Routes
Pole
North
HIGHLIGHTS
Witnessing the migration of the largest caribou herd in the world at Alaska’s Arctic National
Wildlife Refuge (p254)
Flying over Alaska’s bizarre Great Kobuk
Sand Dunes (p262)
Watching a carver conjure spirits out of
soapstone in the Inuit art capital, Canada’s
Cape Dorset (p249)
Beating a path to the top of the world and
marvelling at the pristine wonders of Canada’s
Quttinirpaaq National Park (p247)
Hiking past a kilometre-high cliff and across
the Arctic Circle on Canada’s Akshayuk Pass
(p249).
Pass
Akshayuk
Cape Dorset
National Park
Quttinirpaaq
Wildlife Refuge
Arctic National
Sand Dunes
Great Kobuk
Getting Around 236
Itinerary 1: Canada’s
Dempster Highway 237
Dawson 238
Dawson to Eagle Plains 241
Eagle Plains to Fort McPherson 242
Fort McPherson to Inuvik 243
Inuvik 243
Itinerary 2: Flying Canada’s
Eastern Arctic 245
Iqaluit 245
Katannilik Territorial Park 247
Resolute 247
Grise Fjord 248
Pond Inlet 248
Pangnirtung 248
Cape Dorset 249
Itinerary 3: Alaska’s
Dalton Highway 250
Fairbanks 250
Fairbanks to the Yukon River 253
Yukon River to Wiseman 255
Wiseman to Deadhorse 257
Itinerary 4: Northwest Alaska 258
Fairbanks 258
Kotzebue 258
Barrow 261
Essential Facts 264
Dangers & Annoyances 264
Further Reading 265
Money 265
Telephone 265
Time 266
Tourist Information 266
Visas 266
ARCTIC NORTH AMERICA
TRAVEL ROUTES
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